9/11 Families Fume Over Visitor Fees at NYC Memorial
'Money is the bottom line here,' says victim's mother
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
A visitor reaches out to touch names engraved in memory during a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 in New York.    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Anyone planning a trip to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City will have to pay $2 per advance ticket—and victims' families are none too happy about it, the New York Post reports. "I don’t want the American public to have to pay a dime to pay respects to my son," says the mother of a firefighter who died in the attacks. "They made ... a vow that no one would ever be charged for going to the memorial, but money is the bottom line here." The father of another lost firefighter likened it to charging money "to get into a cemetery."

The memorial's website says the fees are needed to "safely manage visitor capacity," and claims the nonprofit receives no federal, state, or city funding. Yet the memorial has hauled in hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants and private donations in recent years—and dished out six-figure salaries to some employees. Meanwhile, it faces construction costs now pegged at $700 million. Something's gotta give—probably visitors, who may have to pay $20 to visit the underground museum when it's finished.

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1freeusa
Apr 15, 2013 7:04 AM CDT
Please remember that this is a capitalist nation which puts opportunity to make money over the feelings of people who were led to believe these were heroic patriots....and not just victims of a conspiracy to remove freedom from the citizens. either by muslim terrorist or by your government......plus we are broke paying for the world imperilism war machine that was the root cause of this problem
plain_speaking
Apr 15, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
Greed above decency...so many put getting some/more over being a decent human...it is epidemic in this country and has become an accepted part of our society...
wilsey246
Apr 15, 2013 1:44 AM CDT
" Did you NOT know that New York would do this?? ...As a MONEY grabbing state, it is only second to California when it comes to separating hard earned money from the very same people who have PAID their hard earned tax dollars for that very same purpose of HONORING those who died on that fateful day!! It is amazing how people are promised one thing in the beginning, and then later find out that it (promise) meant NOTHING!!.. Welcome to hard times.